Some pathologies are transmitted or develop more in the summer. So that they don’t spoil your holidays, a few tips should be followed.
- Summer promotes the appearance of certain health problems such as cold sores or urinary tract infections. To guard against this, there are a few tips to follow.
- SARS-CoV-2 remains the main virus to avoid. To do this, we must continue to apply barrier gestures and respect social distancing.
Urinary tract infection, angina, constipation, herpes or even plantar warts… Very often, these ailments appear in summer. But don’t worry, they are benign and we’ll explain how to avoid them so that they don’t ruin your vacation.
Eat fiber to avoid constipation
In terms of food, summer holidays are often synonymous with excess. Either during meals with family or friends, or during a picnic consisting of fatty and unbalanced foods. Vegetables are sometimes absent from our summer lifestyle, which can constipate some people, especially with the change in pace of life and environment. The remedy is simple: eat fiber! According to the website of Vidal, a French medical book for health professionals, the recommended daily intake for good intestinal transit is between 30 and 45 g of fibre. A good way to do this is to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.
Also remember to hydrate yourself – especially if you drink alcohol – to relieve constipation. This also helps to fight against urinary tract infections, encouraged in the summer by dehydration. And, of course, go to the toilet as soon as you feel the need because if the urine stays too long in the bladder, it can promote the multiplication of germs and therefore urinary tract infections.
Angina favored by temperature changes
Another relatively unknown but nevertheless recurrent problem in the summer: angina. This is often due to temperature changes between the exterior and the air-conditioned interior such as certain restaurants, supermarkets or simple shops. So don’t hesitate to put on a small scarf to protect your throat when you enter one of these places. If the throat is already weakened, prefer hot or room temperature drinks rather than iced ones which would cause a thermal shock. Finally, to avoid catching angina of bacterial origin, it is essential to wash your hands – with hydroalcoholic gel or soap and water – as soon as you touch a potentially dirty surface such as an elevator button. .
Moisturize and protect your lips well to avoid herpes
Exposure to the sun and the fatigue generated by the change in the rhythm of life favor the appearance of cold sores, more commonly known as cold sores. So that it does not spoil your vacation, the first advice to follow is to put sunscreen on your mouth when you expose yourself to it. In the evening, before going to bed, it will also be necessary to moisturize your lips well because if they are dry, herpes will develop more easily. Finally, if despite these advices a herpes button appears, you must immediately treat it by asking your doctor for advice.
Keep your shoes on to avoid fungal infections and plantar warts
The latest concerns frequently encountered by vacationers are the appearance of fungal infections and plantar warts which proliferate in hot places. The ideal way to avoid them is to always walk with flip-flops or sandals and, of course, not to lend them!
This summer, watch out for the Covid
Finally, the main virus to avoid this summer remains Covid-19. For this, vaccinated or not, it is essential to continue to apply barrier gestures such as wearing a mask in closed places or regular hand washing, as well as social distancing.